What a funny guy...and an important social critic contributing much to our community.
He is a really good man from my experience of him.
There is no one like him around here and we are the poorer for his departure!
Rich's best work was that which was apolitical and of the common man. Sadly, with the passing years he fell prey to the same diseases that has gripped most of America's fourth estate - political agendas and divisiveness.
A city that is easily amused, obviously. More "Wheel of Fortune" fans than "Jeopardy" fans, indeed. A cruel observation on my part so therein lies my punishment- self-inflicted.
But, may I point out that in this city there is a library. They have books, many of them, with real humor as well, stuff that would apply to every day things. Start with Mark Twain!
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I miss him, his writing was awesome. My fave was Long Live the FONG.
I've read his column for along time, sometimes laughing, sometimes shaking my head and wondering if he is making some of it up. His eulogy to his dad was hard to read, my eyes were swimming in tears. A man who can do all that with ink and paper is not going to stay quiet long, at least I hope not.
As a City employee in the 80 's and 90's, I found his barbs, satirical reviews, and highlighting of our foibles thought provoking and often hilarious. It kept me from taking things too seriously. I truly will miss his community commentary. Good luck,Susie and Rich, in this next chapter.
Fond memories of reading Rich's Gazette articles and blowing coffee out my nose into my breakfast cereal. The gin and tonic nose wash as I read the Indy in the evening is not so fond but memorable. Yep, will really miss the Ranger...
teabaggerville has run off another one. humor is a great way to make a point... even if the faux newsers don't get it. good luck Rich.
"...nobody in the Colorado Springs media has made more people laugh, more people angry and more people offended."
Amen to that. A true sign of someone who had mastered his craft.
I will miss his columns here in the Indy (once every few weeks in the Denver Post isn't enough).
I hate to see him go. He's been a Colorado Springs institution.
Rich, here's wishing you the best of luck. Have fun, man.
Even though I left the Springs a couple of years ago, I kept up by relying upon the readings of Mr. Tosches' finger on the prostate of the city. Thanks Mr. Routon for this update, and thanks to him for making us laugh for so long.
Coincidentally, before I turned to this morning's Indy updates, I was looking at a MoJo article from yesterday entitled 'Nobody Cares What You Think Unless You're Rich'.
Yeah. Best of luck Rich.
Thanks Ralph! He will be missed by lots of folks.
Ranger Rich will certainly be missed by me. Thanks for sharing this.
"For Shannon Watts that shift came suddenly, but living in fear was not an option.
“The Aurora shooting occurred the day before my son went to see ‘Batman’,” Watts said. “He watched the news the night before and was so shaken up by the story he had a panic attack in the theater and had to leave. Here was my son, telling me he was sure the man next to him was holding a gun. He thought he was going to die. A child should not think he is going to be killed while watching a movie about a superhero. What do you say to that?” "
This is the woman who started Moms Demand Action. She used her own son to create a reaction that would promote herself and her group. A thinking person would know better. A caring person would not have done such a thing but here she is, the mouthpiece for mothers. I hope not. Shannon Watts is also a fabricator of her own past. Her websites disallow comments of factual nature, she spreads untruths and myths to her mindless followers urging them to spread it further. And she wants your donations. Money.
Research this person for yourselves. Her son will be her victim for a long time. She should be investigated for child abuse. Not going to happen. She is supported by billionaire Michael Bloomberg. She still wants donations...
And Judy Carnick! Are you unaware that our Mayor, The Prince of Darkness, is a real estate developer? What did voters think that meant? Sell land to the city and have the state and city taxpayers foot the bill. City of/for Chumps was/is a bad idea from the word "go"... The taxpayers bought him a huge flat screen TV for his office I hear, of course I have not seen it and of course he will never invite me to watch it. He has demanded all visitors to the city ad. building get a hall pass. It is for one floor. Want to go to another? Get another hall pass. He bought living room furniture for the lobby. Nobody is allowed to sit on it. He has employees doing terrorist drills and I hear he wants a drive in garage/elevator so he does not have to see people. Oh yeah and he spent big bucks for a security system for his office. No smoking in the parks! A man of action...Baby boomers are still the spoiled brats they always were. Now they run everything, we are doomed.
When Alma Cremonesi says something stupid, thank a teacher. I will hold off on a comment here and write to the Editor in hopes they print it. I will put it here as well. Alma Cremonesi needs to be "outed" just like the rest of these smug chuckle-heads that do not know the first thing about anything. I am weary of the idiocy I keep hearing and weary of commenting all over the Internet but my Rights and Freedoms are at stake. Alma Cremonesi does not give a rat's ass about anyone else but herself... Alma Cremonesi is attempting to infringe...
"Since the very reasonable gun law was passed," -- Alma Cremonesi
Nothing reasonable about the universal background check or arbitrary magazine capacity limit laws.
"The law has already stopped over a 100 people with restraining orders and criminal records."
No, it really did not. And had it been as effective as the proponents claimed it would be, that number would be ten times higher.
"Why does anyone need so many rounds in their magazines? "
I tell you what. You sit down and use a scientific approach to come up with a number of rounds a magazine should hold, because every number being used right now is completely arbitrary. Why not 3 or 5, or 7, or 10, or 20, or 25?
"The new Colorado law allows 15; isn't that more than enough? "
Tell me, some guys are breaking into your home at 1 AM. How many rounds will be "enough" to ensure you are able protect you and your family?
"Do you really believe that the Founding Fathers wanted criminals and crazies to have easy access to automatic weapons?"
Automatic weapons have been strictly controlled since 1934. These are not items that you can just walk into a store or show and walk out with the same day. The paperwork alone takes about 9 months to be processed.
"I'm a big movie-goer and I feel safer going to the movies with the new Colorado gun law. "
Then you are an absolute fool! 30 round mags are still perfectly legal to own and the universal background check law is nearly impossible to enforce.
This establishment is my next door neighbor. My tattoo shop is right next to them. I have never had any problems whatsoever with any of the people that go here. They are quiet, perfect neighbors. I don't consume MJ in any form, but that's my personal choice. I believe others should be able to choose to smoke or ingest MJ in this club. They are doing no harm to anyone whatsoever. Leave them alone! The city would be spending their time and money more wisely were they to help some of the homeless on the streets downtown. These poor people really do need help. K.C Stark is a great neighbor and a cool guy.
First, a definition of Deus ex Machina: "a god (aka savior) introduced by means of a crane in ancient Greek and Roman drama to decide the final outcome." Hollywood is no stranger to this inept plot gimmick to save the day. I'd say this is similar to "helicopter parents" who hover overhead in a protective fashion.
Like many billionaires, Mr. Anschutz has his nice toys; his peers buy pro sports teams, such as Dan "Boy Wonder" Snyder of the Washington Redskins or the late George Steinbrenner with the NY Yankees. Mr. Anschutz has the Broadmoor, some notable entertainment firms and, oddly enough, our local daily paper with its creepy lunatic fringe editorials.
Forgive us for wondering why Mr. Anschutz saved the Gazette, even though it's a local rag with few redeeming qualities and few good reporters. I'm sure there's a monetary motive so I'll hazard a guess that he seeks to be a booster for the city to help his hotel, he seeks to limit negative news about himself, his hotel and his city, as well as using the paper to control the local dialog and influence local politics.
Foul billionaires like the Koch Bros are seeking to buy major big city dailies so they can pursue turning the USA into a paradise as envisioned by the execrable John Birch Society; I wonder what future Mr. Anschutz wishes for our humble burg and our Koch-funded Mayor who's hard at work throwing public employees, PERA, city utilities and all that good and holy under the greed bus as he obeys the dictates of unelected billionaires who seek to destroy government as we know it.
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